The new year is finally here.
2021 has been a TV year of dazzling highs, with goofy audience-pleasing shows like “Loki,” surprise global hits like “Squid Game,” and also dark lows — like a sequel to “Tiger King” that no one didn’t care. If you’re celebrating the New Year with a day of lounging on your couch in front of the TV, here’s what to watch.
“2021 and done with Snoop Dogg and Kevin Hart”
The rapper and comedian deliver their take on the events and news of the past year, joined by a slew of celebrity guests including Mark Cuban, DJ D-Nice, DL Hughley, Loni Love, Killer Mike, William Shatner, Stephen A Smith and Michael Strahan.
Where to watch: Peacock
“Harry Potter 20th Anniversary: Return to Hogwarts”
Take out your Marauder’s Map. The stars of the “Harry Potter” films come together in this magical two-hour special to reminisce about their experiences and celebrate the 20th anniversary of the premiere of the first film (“Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone”) in 2001. in the special include Daniel Radcliffe, Emma Watson, Rupert Grint, Tom Felton, Matthew Lewis, and more.
Where to watch: HBO Max
“The 133rd Parade of Roses”
The pandemic canceled last year’s festivities, but the Rose Parade is back, marching down Colorado Boulevard in Pasadena, California. LeVar Burton is the Grand Marshall of the parade, and the floats for “The Bachelor” and “The Masked Singer” TV franchises giveaway. Musical guests will include LeaAnn Rimes, Laine Hardy and the Hot 8 Brass Band performing mid-show, and country musician Jimmie Allen delivering the closing performance.
Where to watch: 11:00 a.m. on NBC
“Back to the future”
What better way to welcome the new year than to spend it in the most famous time-hopping franchise? Follow Marty McFly (Michael J. Fox) on his adventures to meet his teenage parents in the 1950s, before his travels to 2015 and the Wild West, all with the help of his eccentric pal Doc Brown (Christopher Lloyd) and of his DeLorean. The three films are played consecutively in a marathon, starting at noon.
Where to watch: 12:00 p.m. on TBS
The casino heist in this modern classic takes place on New Years Eve. Join Danny Ocean (George Clooney) as he robs a casino with a team including Rusty Ryan (Brad Pitt), Basher Tarr (Don Cheadle), Linus Caldwell (Matt Damon) and many others.
Where to watch: Hulu
This 2006 disaster film (and remake of the 1972 film) is set during a New Year’s Eve party on a luxury ocean liner that turns into a tense survival saga as the ship capsizes and begins to sink. The cast of characters includes former New York City mayor and firefighter Robert Ramsey (Kurt Russell), his daughter Jennifer (Emmy Rossum), former Navy submariner turned gambler Dylan Johns (Josh Lucas), architect Richard Nelson (Richard Dreyfuss), among others.
Where to watch: Netflix
“Waiting to Exhale”
This 1995 film follows Bernadine Harris (Angela Bassett), a mom and aspiring caterer whose husband leaves her on New Year’s Day, but she rebuilds his life with the help of her friends, including television producer Savannah Jackson ( Whitney Houston), manager Robin (Lela Rochon), and Gloria (Loretta Devine), owner of a beauty salon, single mother.
Where to watch it: HBO Max